Weekly Peek

Photo courtesy of counterpulse.org (Robbie Sweeny)

New Role

I've just been asked to serve on the board of Counterpulse, a wonderful organization in San Francisco that seeks in incubate, support, and exhibit performing arts with a strong community focus.  The company has been a major force in San Francisco's arts scene for years, and its presence has become even stronger with a move to a new location in the deep Tenderloin. I love the traditional dance companies we have in our city, but I also believe that there needs to be a place for experimentation, radical voices, and emerging artists - and Counterpulse is that place.  I'm honored to have been selected, and look forward to working with the amazing staff and board going forward.

Lazy pups on the terrace: Petunia and Eloise

Santa Barbara Dreaming

This past weekend, Petunia and I headed down the 101 to spend a lazy long weekend at my parents' house in Santa Barbara.  We lazed about in the sunshine and warm weather, ate dinner outside on the terrace, and hit one of my favorite restaurants: Lucky's steakhouse in Montecito.  My perfect order: gin gibson up, onion rings to share (they're the best anywhere, which is saying something since i have a major thing with onion rings), a wedge salad, panfried local abalone, and a round of spoons to dig into a turtle sundae.  And maybe a stolen bite of New York steak from someone else's plate...

Save the Date!

I'm on the event organizing committee for the Signature Chefs Auction to benefit March of Dimes again this year, and the save the date card just hit mailboxes last week.  If you're into food, want to support the health of babies and moms, or just want to enjoy a fun night out in our beautiful city, this party is for you!  We'll have amazing restaurants creating tastes (think RN74 and Omakase) and great wineries pouring, plus truly spectacular live auction items you can't find anywhere else.  Please save the evening of Thursday, November 3!

Photo courtesy of sacramentostreetshop.com

Shop Local

I just ran into Golden Gate Needlepoint again this afternoon, and realized again how lucky I am to have this resource within walking distance of my house.  Caroline, Reiko, and miniature poodles Chester and Hudson have created a cozy little space full of everything you would ever need for needlepoint.  They dispense advice and guidance with good humor and stories, and if they don't have what you're looking for they'll track it down and order it for you.  Plus, the finisher they work with is second to none - a friend of mine said the pillow I made for her daughter looked like she had purchased it in a fancy shop in Paris!